Иностранные участники / International participants

Dear international participants, we will be very happy to see you all in Minsk!

Do I need visa to enter Belarus (and Minsk Larp Festival 2018)?

No, I don’t need visa

I don’t need visa if anything in the list is true for me:

  • I have an ordinary passport (not diplomatic/service/official) and I’m a national of:

Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Brazil
Cuba
Ecuador
Georgia
Israel
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Macau
Macedonia
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Qatar
Russia
Serbia
Tajikistan
Turkey
The UAE
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Venezuela

  • I want to spend no more than 5 days here. The days of arrival and departure count as full days, no matter what time you arrive/depart AND
I will arrive at and exit from Minsk National Airport by airplane AND
I will not enter Belarus by plane from the Russian Federation and will not fly to the airports of the Russian Federation from Belarus AND
I  have an ordinary passport (not diplomatic/service/official) and I’m a national of:

Albania
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
El Salvador
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Norway
Oman
Order of Malta
Panama
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Korea
Spain
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Vatican

  • I want to spend no more than 5 days here. The days of arrival and departure count as full days, no matter what time you arrive/depart AND
I will arrive at and exit from Minsk National Airport by plane AND
I will not enter Belarus by plane from the Russian Federation and will not fly to the airports of the Russian Federation from Belarus AND
I have a valid multiple visa of the EU member states or Schengen zone with a mark in passport on crossing the border of these states and tickets with confirmation of departure from  “Minsk National Airport” within 5 days from the date of entry AND
I  have an ordinary passport (not diplomatic/service/official) and I’m a national of:
Vietnam
Haiti
Gambia
Honduras
India
China
Lebanon
Namibia
Samoa

In all of the above visa-free cases I still need:

  • a valid ordinary passport or another substituting document for traveling abroad;
  • financial means: at least 25 Euro (or equal amount in dollars or Belarusian rubles) for each day of stay;
  • medical insurance with coverage for at least 10,000 Euros that covers the territory of Belarus.
Yes, I do need visa

If visa-free regime doesn’t apply to me OR I want to stay more than 5 days OR I want to arrive by train/bus/car etc. from Vilnius/Riga etc, I need to follow the checklist below:

  • Find out if there is a Belarusian embassy in my country. If yes, check out their website for more details.
  • If I am a citizen of Denmark, Norway or Sweden I should apply for visa at the Belarusian Embassy in Latvia by post. Follow http://latvia.mfa.gov.by/en/visas/ for more information.
  • Mind that if you choose to travel by train, bus or car you will have to get a visa in advance.
  • If I arrive in Minsk by plane but want to stay more than 5 days I can apply for visa at the airport upon arrival. It only can be done if I arrive by airplane at Minsk Airport, details here: http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/airport/. It won’t work in case you fly via Russian Federation.
  • If I decided to apply for visa at the airport then I will send MLF organizers the scanned document package (find details below) and they will contact the consular service at Minsk Airport to arrange the visa granting procedure upon your arrival. It won’t work in case you fly via Russian Federation.
  • If I fly via a non-Schengen country additionally I may need to get a transit visa of the country I am flying through.

Document package for visa

Prepare all the documents (they are mentioned on the embassy website or can also be found here: http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/ ). In short, you will need:

  • a valid passport (valid for more than 90 days at the time of your arrival in Minsk)
  • a photo
  • filled in visa application
  • medical insurance for traveling abroad (check out this http://bgs.by/en/11424/), can also be purchased on the border
  • visa fee (depends on the country you are from and the place where you apply: embassy or airport; if you are getting visa at the airport you must provide the fee only in cash (euro)). For most countries it’s € 50-60, for the citizens of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia – € 25. If applied for upon arrival visa will cost about twice as much.
  • copy of invitation letter ( will be provided by Education Centre POST)
  • complete the following information form needed for the invitation letter https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cLNOCwa09MfNgSnf_4YyV9RiefJKn8TMQSbY_Dhjvyk/viewform


How to get to Minsk?

  • The easiest way is to arrive by airplane at Minsk International Airport. Remember that you you can’t enter or exit Belarus via Russia visa-free, right?
  • Another way is to fly to Vilnius, which can be cheaper if you choose to buy your tickets with a low-cost company, and then to take a 2,5 hour train ride directly to Minsk. Train tickets will cost no more than 20 euro one way.
    If you choose the latter option, however, you will have to get a visa at Belarusian Embassy in your country (for citizens of Sweden, Denmark and Norway it will be Belarusian Embassy in Riga, Latvia and you will have to apply by post, which means sending your original passport and supporting documents to Riga)


How to get from the airport to the city centre?

  • You can book a car in advance via Uber: a trip to the city center – € 16. Contact us if you need help to order a taxi. Don’t let dodgy taxi drivers rip you off, order in advance :)
  • 300E bus or 1400TC/1430TC minibus will bring you to the central bus station. You can buy your ticket in the airport terminal or from the driver. The bus and minibus tickets cost 4 BYN (about € 2). If you buy from the driver, only BYN will be accepted, so exchange a small amount at the airport. The road takes about an hour. Buses leave almost every hour, during the daytime – every half an hour. The bus stop in the airport is directly at the exit of sector 5-6 in the arrivals area.



For how long to stay?

This year before the festival we want to have an extended super cool week-in program starting on Tuesday, April 17. It will include workshops, larps, beers, museums, theatre, walks and what not. If you want to run an item during week-in, you are very welcome to let us know.

The festival will happen during April 21-22 with a closing party on Sunday night.

Where to stay?


Should you have any questions, please get back to us asap via info.minsklarpfestival@gmail.com

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